Strings Program

RFA Strings Program at the Museum Magnet School.. 


Private Lessons

RFA provides private vocal instruction for middle school students who show great interest and talent in wanting to make the arts a life-long goal and hobby. The purpose of these private lessons is to provide students with the skills and requirements needed to apply to specialized and performing-arts high schools.

Visual Arts & Portfolio Building Program

RFA visual arts program at the Museum Magnet School 


Choir Program

The RF Choir is a community choir program. Students involved with the choir collaborate with other schools, community organizations,  and performance programs in New York City and beyond.


Get Your Community Involved!

Drama Program

RFA Drama Program at the Museum Magnet School


Reaching for the Arts has a mission to empower the New York City youth through after school arts programs. If your school, student, or community is interested in partnering with Reaching for the Arts, please email our Founder, Sharon Johnson  or our Artistic Director, Jessica Punchatz.



Support Us:

Every bit of monetary funding is extremely important in keeping RFA true to its mission of giving students the opportunity to experience as well as develop skills in the arts. Funding will give our students private lessons, transportation to trips such as museums, concerts, Broadway shows, pay for performance venues, pay RFA artists, museum costs, art supplies, music stands, instrument repair as well as accessories such as rosin for bows, replacement bows, strings, bridges, shoulder pads for violins and violas, wax for trumpet and trombone, and horn mouth pieces just to name a few.

Upcoming Events:

Carnegie Hall
Friday, April 14 2017 at Carnegie Hall
8:30pm, Tickets $85 at Carnegie Box Office

Please help us support our efforts to bring students together throughout the city in singing on this important concert about peace. Composer, Joe Lawson has written a piece to be premiered on the event and a middle school band is flying in from California and a group of guitarists from orphanages in Mexico. The concert will feature favorites, such as the 1812 Overture and Ode to Joy. Please consider donating so that our students' parents can attend this once in a lifetime event.